I recently installed a 93 sqft stone tile backsplash w/ custom design behind stove - took me 30 hrs and I charged only $750 Labor and client thinks it's too much! Please advise.
I think thats a very reasonable rate just for that described installation @ $8.00/sf or $25/ hour either way good rate. I know most masons or tile setters will charge $12/sf and up for stone installation not including material. Don't worry. Good validated price if all looks great and professional which I'm sure it does. All the best.
That is actually a more than fair price. Stone backsplashes with custom designs can be very time consuming especially with that square footage. Even though it doesn't look like much after it's completed, a lot of work goes into installing a backsplash. If anything your client should be happy with your price and I would advise him or her to pay up. Hopefully you get this sorted out. Cheers
That sounds like what my renovation company pays for labour to my installer on an average tile job of that size. We then mark it up 40% so your customer is getting a great deal.
I'm not sure why it took you so long though. If there was more to it then a basic tile install then you should've charged more.
I agree with all the comments, that you didn't charge enough. That amount of time and work should have easily been $1500+. Basically you made $750 for a week's work. No contractor can stay in business on $750/week or $25/hour.
Why is the customer complaining about the price after you completed the backsplash? Did you not quote them a price before you started? Always make sure that the customer knows the final cost before starting any work.
I would've liked to see a picture of your work.
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